The next week is crucial. This is our chance to tell Australia that we want real peace for Palestine and Israel

URGENT ACTION -  Israeli PM's Visit: We need you to speak out!

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu is due to officially visit Australia sometime between 19th and 24th Feb, at the personal invitation of the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
      PIEN believes this visit should not take place. It displays bias from our government, is not conducive to peace, and betrays the possibility of real peace for our Palestinian brothers and sisters.
      We believe this visit is an opportunity for people of peace to speak up, to call for our government to recognise the injustice of the Israeli occupation and to support Palestinians in their struggle for freedom and self-determination.
      PIEN, with other organisations, have organised some major events. However, we need your support at this very important time. Here is what you can do:
  • Get your church involved - see the briefing and action sheet we prepared.
  • Attend a rally (Melbourne and Sydney)
  • Come and hear the Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University (Melbourne and Sydney)
  • Write to your MP, the Prime Minister and the Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Join a Prayer Vigil (Melbourne and Canberra)
  • Tweet and share on Facebook #no2netanyahu
Need more information? Refer to our webpage for all actions.

Get your church involved

Now is the time for all our churches to speak up.

PIEN has prepared a briefing and action sheet for all PIEN supporters to use in your local congregation.
  • Print out the sheet and distribute it at services.
  • Include prayers for Palestine in the service.
  • Encourage congregation members to attend events and write to politicians and the media.
A copy of the briefing sheet is here (this is double sided, so remember to flip on short edge in your printing options)

Come to a Rally (Melbourne and Sydney)

Join with others who share your passionate concern for Peace in Palestine, as organised by a range of organisations!
  • Melbourne: Sunday, 19th February, 2pm, State Library. Details are here
  • Sydney: Thursday, 23rd Feb, 6:30pm, Town Hall Square. Details are here

Come and hear the Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University

Br Peter Bray, the Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University will be in Australia and speaking in both Melbourne and Sydney about the work of the Catholic Bethlehem University in occupied Palestine.
  • Melbourne: Monday, 20th Feb, 6:30pm at the Mark the Evangelist Uniting Church, Elm Street Hall, North Melbourne. Details are here.
  • Sydney: Thursday, 23rd Feb, 6pm, at the NSW Ecumenical Council, Level 7, 379 Kent St, Sydney. Details are here

We are also hoping for an event in Adelaide. Contact PIEN if you want more information on the SA event.

Write a letter or email voicing your concerns

This is a chance for your voice to be heard - by MPs, key Government Ministers, the local media and your Church leaders.

Use the information in our briefing sheet. Get the address details of MPs and Government Ministers from the Parliament House website. Check contact details for your local media from their website.

Your letter or email can be quite brief. Be to the point but always polite and respectful. Send us a copy for our records.

Join a Prayer Vigil

Join other Christians in prayers for peace in Palestine and Israel.
  • Melbourne: Thursday, 23rd Feb, 11:55am  at St Paul's Cathedral (next to the High Altar). More details here
  • Canberra: Wednesday, 22nd Feb, 6pm at City Uniting Church, 69 Northbourne Ave, Canberra City. More details here 

Organise a prayer vigil in your area: Contact PIEN for more details

Shout out about it!

We can make a difference on this visit! We have a chance to make sure that others sit up and notice and help them realise that the Australian government's approach is not conducive to peace and that we must recognise the rights of Palestinians.

This is your chance to get others involved, here are some ideas: This is our chance to contribute to change, together we can make a difference.

Download our briefing sheet and call to action

We have prepared a comprehensive briefing sheet explaining our reasons for opposing the visit of the Israeli PM and what Christians should be doing in response.

There are two versions of the briefing sheet:
We encourage all PIEN supporters and people who care about justice in Palestine and Israel to download, print and distribute this flyer.


Australian Christians who seek lasting peace for the people of Palestine and Israel. 

We aim to equip and 
inform Australian churches, inspired by Christ’s vision for universal reconciliation.

Executive Officer
Tim Budge
0412 051 574

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